Our annual silent retreat provides an opportunity to be quiet and feel God’s presence.
The photo above shows those who came to the 2018 retreat. In 2019, we shall again
be in the welcoming and comfortable setting of St. Mary’s Monastery, Kinnoull beside
Perth. It will be held from Tuesday 9th to Thursday 11th April 2019.
Our leader will be the Revd Martin Roff, currently Supernumerary Priest of the Diocese
of Moray, Ross & Caithness. He has served most of the charges of the Diocese for
varying lengths of time. As of August 2018, he has spent 18 months as, effectively,
full-time priest at Glenurquhart. He is married to Carol and they have two sons,
Chris and James.
Martin proposes that the overall pattern of the Retreat should be a series of talks
and led meditations on the theme “Trust in God, in good times and bad”.
Martin is a graduate of Durham University in geology and chemistry. He then went
on to study for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge and was ordained in Chester
Cathedral. He has served in the Church of England, mainly in the north-west and north-east
of England, and in the Scottish Episcopal Church. He has also served in secondary
education, sometimes at the same time as his church ministry. Throughout his ministry,
the relationship between science and religion has been a constant interest.
Martin is keen on the outdoor life. While serving as Head of Chemistry at Rannoch
School, he led various expeditions for the boys including what was thought to be
the first canoe crossing of Rannoch Moor! Later while in the north-east of England,
Martin and Carol got themselves sponsored to circumnavigate Ireland in their sailing
yacht to raise funds for the church in Uganda. They continue sailing, having voyaged
to Orkney (several times), Shetland, St Kilda (four times) and Cornwall via Ireland.
Martin and Carol have hosted many events in the grounds of their house, for different
congregations, Mothers’ Union, and the Red Cross. The picture shows Martin in charge
of a miniature steam locomotive, which is one of the features of the grounds.
The retreat is run mid-week from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday after lunch. The
usual format of the retreat is to maintain silence in the building from around 8pm
on Tuesday to around 12 noon on Thursday, though there are always areas reserved
for those who want to talk during these times. There is a programme of services and
talks, but it up to you to decide how much you wish to be involved. You are free
to attend everything on offer or to be on your own if you wish.
Wednesday afternoon is free time to explore the area or use as you wish. There is
usually an opportunity to talk to the leader on a one to one basis during this time.
St Mary’s completed a major refurbishment two years ago so that most rooms are single
rooms with en-suite facilities. Four rooms have shared bathrooms with one bathroom
to two rooms. There is a lift serving all floors.
The cost is £165 for a single en-suite room and £155 for a single room with shared
So popular is St Mary’s that we are booked in during the week following Easter Week
for 2020 as well. The dates are 21st to 23rd April 2020.
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Please take a look at the pages for the previous Retreats to get an idea of what
they are like and to look at the photo-galleries. We hope those who were there will
enjoy the memories they bring back and we also hope they will encourage those who
weren’t there to make a date to come to the 2019 Retreat.